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Superb Gem Proof 1910 Ten Dollar
Never Before Offered to Collectors

1910 $10 PR67 NGC. Eighth of nine pieces in an original 1910 proof set. President Theodore Roosevelt, forever driven and ambitious, was determined to win whatever he had set himself to achieving. In his second term, after deciding that U.S. coinage was "artistically of atrocious hideousness," he pursued the finest American sculptor he could find, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and he plowed through the artist's early objections and the roadblocks thrown up by Mint engravers to see that the coins he wanted would be struck. Though it would go through several iterations and ultimately wound up as a low-relief design that was not to anyone's complete satisfaction, the Saint-Gaudens ten dollar design has become a collector favorite.
While business strikes remained relatively stable after 1907, changing only to put the motto IN GOD WE TRUST on the reverse, proofs went through a more turbulent process, bouncing from matte surfaces to the so-called "Roman Gold" and back again in the span from 1908 to 1911. The Roman Gold coins, produced in 1909 and 1910, form a curious chapter in U.S. coinage history, and the Superb Gem proof offered here is among the finest survivors of that period.
Exacting definition on the devices is surrounded by the bright but non-reflective glow of fields treated in the "Roman Gold" style. Light yellow-gold color prevails on each side, though a measure of apricot is also present as a counterbalance. A marvelous specimen and a rare opportunity to own one of the few known Superb Gems of this issue. Census: 5 in 67, 1 in 67 , 1 in 67+ , 0 finer (8/11).
From The Wesson Collection.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 28HG, PCGS# 8892)

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The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens as Illustrated by the Morse and Duckor Collections
Revised Edition by James L. Halperin, Mark R. Borckardt, Mark Van Winkle, Jon Amato, and Gregory J. Rohan, with special contributor David W. Akers

The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is an issue-by-issue examination of these two artistically inspired series of gold coins. Each date and mintmark is reviewed with up-to-date information, much of which has never been previously published. The book is based on two extraordinary collections: The Phillip H. Morse collection and the Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor collection.

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